PASTOR JACK SHANNON, Senior Pastor. Pastor Jack was called to serve as Associate Pastor of ALC in March of 2011 and assumed the role of Senior Pastor on May 21, 2012. He previously served Lutheran congregations in Billings and Bigfork, Montana. Pastor Jack graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (1985) and Bachelors degree in Secondary Education (1980) from Montana State University-Billings. Prior to attending seminary Pastor Jack was employed as a licensed substance abuse counselor and also the director of a substance abuse treatment center. His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. Pastor Jack is married to LuAnne and they have two grown children, Tomren and Jaclyn.
PASTOR ERICH SOKOLOSKI, Associate Pastor. Pastor Erich was born in Seattle and has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He met his wife, Tricia, in the 8th grade at Central Lutheran Christian School in Tacoma. They married when they were both 20 years old, and they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Erich and Tricia together studied at Western Washington University and the University of Hull, England. While studying abroad, they traveled several countries in Western and Eastern Europe. In 1999 they both graduated from Western Washington University. Tricia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Erich graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 2005, Erich attended Faith Evangelical Seminary (Originally Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary). He graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity. That same year, he was ordained at Central Lutheran Church into the Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA) and joined the LCMC clergy roster in 2010. Before accepting the position of Associate Pastor at ALC, he served at Central Lutheran Church as Senior Pastor and at Faith Evangelical Seminary as Professor of Undergraduate Studies where he taught Christian doctrine, apologetics, philosophy, Biblical studies, church history and Lutheran confessional theology. For pleasure, Erich enjoys reading, writing, hiking, camping, and traveling. He has a heart for quality and creativity in different forms of artistic expression. He loves craftsmanship and has a deep appreciation for old things. Above all else, he believes in Jesus as his Lord and Savior, daily seeks to grow in his relationship with Him, and has a great passion to share His living and active Word. Erich and Tricia have three children, ages 12, 9, and 7.
PASTOR DON MCMILLAN, Pastor of Caring Ministries. Prior to joining the Pastoral staff of ALC in June 2014, Pastor Don most recently served as Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Hill, NE. He has served as a chaplain, for two years with hospitals and three years with Hospice Compassus. Pastor Don has also served two other Lutheran congregations: Shepherd of the Hills in Flagstaff, and King of Glory in Fountain Valley, CA. Prior to the ministry, Pastor Don had a career as an audiologist, fitting hearing aids and administering hearing tests in schools and in industry. He worked his way through college as a EMT with several ambulance companies, and he has enjoyed employment in many areas, including retail sales for sporting goods, florist shops, and department stores; custodial and maintenance work; and as a bus driver. Pastor Don is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Idaho State University, and he holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He has taken classes at several community colleges and seminaries as well. Of particular interest: Pastor Don is a former member of ALC who was confirmed here in 1972 and met his wife, Janis here in 1981; they were married at ALC in 1984. For fun, Pastor Don enjoys walking and bicycling, listening to and performing music, reading, and watching old movies. “I am happy to reconnect with American Lutheran and being with all of you as we journey together in faith through joys, challenges, milestones and simply whatever daily life brings.”
JIM KLEIN, Minister of Music. Jim has served as Minister of Music at ALC since 1990, where he directs six vocal choirs, five handbell choirs, and a chime choir for disabled adults. He received a B.A. from Augustana College (SD) in piano performance and choral music education and a M.A. from University of Iowa in music education. In 1999 he was presented the Barbara McClurg Creativity and Innovation Award at Yavapai College as Artistic Director of the YC Master Chorale, which he directed for 14 years. Jim and his wife, Eileen (ALC’s organist), are parents of two grown children, Eric and Julie.
KENNY JAMES, Director of Contemporary Music. “I came to know the Lord as Savior at the age of 10 at a youth camp in Saratoga, California. The Lord called me to serve in a worship ministry at the age of 15 while attending Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA. I have served at Emmanuel Lutheran in Prescott Valley since 2009 as the Contemporary Worship Leader. I am the owner of Victory Guitar in Prescott Valley; I opened my store in 2006. I offer voice, guitar, bass and banjo lessons — I currently give lessons to and work with several worship leaders who belong to other Christian churches in our area. I have worked in several different fields, including as a stockbroker, contractor, and teacher. My two beautiful children are daughter, Dylan and son, Jackson. My objectives are to help those with clear gifts in music and the arts to find place of service in the church and other effective ministry venues; to be a resource for worship materials, sound and video, music, and instruction; to be in a relevant ministry situation that maximizes my gifts and calling; and to be a part of a team of the highest caliber. What drives me in ministry is the opportunity to help others become quality contributors in ministry roles. Things that bring joy to my heart? Leading and seeing others come to Christ, seeing others using their gifts in ministry, and watching people become worshipers of God through their personal worship times and through lifestyles of worship.”
PATROSKY ANDERSON, Director of Student Ministry. Patrosky was born in Amarillo, TX and spent his childhood in Texas until moving to Detroit, MI to further his education. He first felt the Lord call his heart to full-time ministry while worshiping at a leaders conference in Phoenix in 1997. Upon finishing school and two separate internships, he returned to Texas to become a youth pastor. He has been in youth ministry for 12 years now and still loves it as much has he did when the Lord first called him. He and his wife, Stephanie have two children, Emily and Aydan. They are happy to make their home in Prescott.
DEBBIE SMITH, Director of Children’s Ministry.
KATHY LILLEY, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. Kathy has been a member of American Lutheran Church since 2005. She has served the congregation in many ways: on the Church Council as a member of the Board of Education, with Women of Wisdom (WOW), teaching Sunday School, greeting at Walk Through Bethlehem, and working at Vacation Bible School. Kathy moved to Arizona in 1977 from New Jersey; she and her husband, Dave, have been married since 1987. They have 3 grown children, Brandon, Brittany, and Brady. Kathy worked at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries for six years. Prior to ALC, Kathy worked with the Special Needs community: she was employed for 3 years with People First and the City of Prescott SNAP program, which provides monthly activities such as dances, bingo, arts and crafts, swimming, workouts, and social opportunities. Kathy also leads the SNAP Signers, a group of 40 special needs adults who have performed throughout the state of Arizona.
EILEEN KLEIN, Organist. Eileen has served as Organist and choir accompanist since 1990. Prior to this position, she served in the same capacity in Huron, SD for 13 years, also at American Lutheran Church. She has accompanied various groups at the Prescott Center for the Arts as well as the accompanist for the Yavapai College Master Chorale. She also is the Administrative Assistant in the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Parish Life Staff
KATE HOWELL, Director of Administration. Kate came to Prescott in 2005 by way of Phoenix, NYC, and Chicago. Raised in rural northwest OH, she is from German Lutheran farming heritage; in fact, the paternal branch of her family tree can be traced to 16th century Mansfeld, Germany (Martin Luther’s “hometown”). When not at ALC, Kate keeps busy with Prescott Center for the Arts, YCPAC, singing, and various crafts and projects with a precocious third-grader. God is good!
DONNA ELLSWORTH, Administrative Assistant I. “I would like to thank everyone who so warmly welcomed me into the daily bustle of the Parish Life department. I was raised in an Assembly of God church and have known Jesus as my Savior since the age of fifteen; He is my source of joy and strength. I fell in love with Prescott after attending church camp as a child, and I remember praying that one day I could call this beautiful town home. I moved here from Parker, Arizona, where I raised my family, built my life and a business, and after twenty-five years in the desert, God answered my prayer and brought me up to the mountains! I look forward to each day, each opportunity, and meeting each of you. I am so very blessed to be part of an amazing staff and church family.”
RACHEL WILLIAMS, Administrative Assistant II. Rachel has 12 years of experience working in a church office. She spent most of her life in Mesa before moving to Prescott in 1997 with her husband of 39 years. When she is not at ALC, Rachel enjoys spending time with her loving husband Ron, and their very spoiled sheltie, Cheyenne. She also likes to go 4-wheeling in their Jeep, camping, Bible study, journaling, and flying off in their private plane somewhere to a beach. Rachel and Ron have 2 children and 8 grandchildren who live in CA and TX. Rachel feels that the Lord has led her and planted her to serve at ALC, and she looks forward to serving the Lord and the church body and growing together in Christ.
YEVETTE STACK, Receptionist. Yevette joined Parish Life staff in July 2014. A disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, Yevette officially made ALC her church home in 2013, when she was accepted into membership. “I am sincerely honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work with and fellowship with such a wonderful group of believers. I hope to continue here as a member and employee for many years to come. I am greatly looking forward to getting to know the congregation on a more personal basis, so please feel free to introduce yourself as time permits. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly, and God bless you all.”
LARRY LEE, A/V Technician. Larry is a native Arizonan. Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, he grew up in the small desert town of Eloy. At the age of 15 , playing combo organ, he joined his first “professional” rock band, Ember Days; they played around the Pinal County area for many years. He later attended G.C.U. where he received his B.A. degree in Music Theory / Composition. In the 80s he moved to California where he did piano studio work for various artists in the L.A. area. While working at Downey Music Center he hooked up with Ronnie Reyes (of Cannibal and the Headhunters), and joined his band, The Boomers. Doing fill-in work with Ronnie (and the Headhunters) he has performed at concerts which billed acts such as Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Dolenz, Sugarloaf, El Chicano, Los Lobos, and many others. He moved to the Prescott area in the 90s where he has played with local groups such as Truly Reckless, Off the Record, Instant Replay, and currently, the Karma Band. And for the past 22 years Larry has played on church worship teams, beginning with Ontario Calvary Chapel worship team in Ontario, CA. Here in Prescott he has played with the Calvary Chapel worship team, and currently the American Lutheran Church worship team.
DENNY LARSON, Custodian. Denny moved to Prescott 18 years ago from Minnesota and has been married to wife, Cheryle for 42 years. They have two adult children and one granddaughter, all living in the tri-city area. Denny served ALC for thirteen years as a full-time custodian, retiring in 2009, and returned in August 2012. “I am so thankful and looking forward to serving ALC once again on a part-time basis.”
ED CARR, Custodian. Ed was born in Nebraska and grew up in Caspar, Wyoming. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. Ed’s working career has consisted of jobs primarily in business, financial aid, and auditing. Throughout his career he has resided in seven states; before retiring to Prescott earlier this year, Ed lived and worked in Chandler, AZ for 18 years. Ed and his wife, Helen have 4 sons who are all married, as well as 8 grandchildren and one more on the way. Ed enjoys golf, going to movies, and reading; time spent with grandchildren is very precious. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work here at ALC, and have so enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. I look forward to meeting everyone, and seeing what God has in store for me in this wonderful church.”
CINDA KASUN, Bookkeeper.
American Lutheran School (Preschool)
LORI BARBE, Director of American Lutheran School. Lori grew up in thePhoenix area, graduated from NAU and moved toHilton Head Island, SC, where she met her husband, Barry. After 8 years in South Carolina she and Barry moved to Prescott in 1998. Lori has been involved with American Lutheran Church and School since 2001. Three of their four children attended ALS; Lori was on the school board for 4 years and has been the Director since 2008. Lori loves working with preschoolers and has the best job in the whole world!